salmon basil almond pesto

Salmon with Basil Almond Pesto

Salmon is rich in many nutrients that fuel sexual vitality from omega-3 fatty acids to high quality protein. Salmon’s entire life cycle is dedicated to spawning. After spending years at sea they travel hundreds of miles to their place of birth, fighting their way upstream. Many die in this effort to deposit and fertilize eggs in one specific spot.

Almonds have been a symbol of fertility throughout the ages, their aroma was thought to induce passion in a female. Basil was said to stimulate the sex drive, boost fertility and produce a general sense of well being for body and mind.

For the salmon:
1 ½ pounds salmon
salt and pepper

For the pesto:
1 garlic clove,
1/3 cup unsalted almonds, toasted
1 ½ cup basil
½ cup olive oil or basil avocado oil
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 475° F.

Salt and pepper the fish on both sides. Place the fish in a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or more depending on the thickness of the fish.

While the fish is in the oven, pulse the garlic clove in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the almonds and pulse until they are coarsely chopped. Add the fresh basil and ½ cup of the basil avocado oil and process until the basil is finely chopped. Add the cheese and pulse just until the pesto is combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place in a bowl and set aside.

Remove from fish from the oven, place on a platter and serve with the pesto either on top or on the side.

Serves 6

photo credit:  Sarah Smith // Wellington Group Marketing & PR

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